How to deal with metal casting defects?
As a buyer or manufacturer for
metal castings, the
casting defects are
always the problems you need to deal with, since the casting defects
are inevitable even for the best manufacturer. Therefore, how should
the manufacturers and buyers deal with the metal castings with
1. In production and inspection
As for the metal foundries,
we should try to avoid or reduce the casting defects, and we should
try to repair them if we found the defects during production and
inspection if the repairing is allowable.
The normal methods will be welding and using cast iron glue. We
usually use electrical welding method to repair the large cracks,
sand holes and air holes, and use the cast iron glue to mend small
sand hole, air holes and
shrinkage areas. Both welding and cast iron glue have very
high hardness and strength, so they will not affect the application.
However, the repairing should be applied for the rough surfaces, as
for the machining surfaces, the repairing should be forbidden.
2. In the hand of clients
When clients receive the iron or steel castings, then they found the
casting defects, this will be an awkward problem for both clients
and manufacturers. Because, the repairing is easy for manufacturers,
but very difficult for buyers since the clients do not have the
repairing materials and equipments, and it is more difficult to
return the metal castings back to the foundries. So, how should we
deal with this situation?
As for our Dandong Foundry, we normally require the clients
to send some photos of defects to us, then we will check if the
defects are really our problems, and what kind of problems they
were, and figure out how to solve the casting defects in the place
of our clients.
However, as I said, usually the clients have no ability to repair
the defects, so we will have to replace the castings with defects
free of charge. We normally sent more castings to the clients in the
next order as the free replaced castings.
As for the machining surfaces, of course, there is no good method to
repair the casting defects since the repairing may affect the
For more metal casting defects and pictures, please refer to "Metal Casting Defects".